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There are still a few hours left to push the current leading team from Lithuania, who has had the lead for many hours, sitting in first place on the scoreboard. Gedas Lucinskas, LY9A, and Mindis Jukna, LY4L, led the way in the first few hours of the contest, while the German team of  Manfred Wolf, DJ5MW and Stefan von Baltz, DL1IAO, have been steadily progressing up from their initial position, midfield. Now, in the morning, both teams are separated by around 300,000 points from each other; this sounds a lot at first. But that can change. Will the equipment continue working? Will the concentration and fitness of the competitors be enough? The night was tiring with thousands of contacts and no team can afford to take a break if they are to have a chance of the World Championship title. It will remain exciting right up until the last minute. The excitement of the competitors is at least as high as that from the spectators watching the Scoreboard. But what distinguishes viewers from contesters is that the spectators can see the current position of all of the stations, the contest teams do not know, as they are not allowed a connection to the Internet. So the spectators watching the scoreboard up until the end of the contest know who the likely winner may be - so more than the contesters themselves. Whether, however, the places on the scoreboard become official can only happen after full log checking has taken place. This stage can only begin when the USB sticks with the data from the logging computers handed over by the referees in the HQ organization center. The log checkers are ready and waiting to get started. The winner will be announced tomorrow (Monday) evening.

WRTC 2018 - the night is over. It was cool and starry. The OPs in the tents were busy. Now the sun is rising. The best teams have almost 4000 QSOs in the log. At the top are consistently LY9A / LY4L - with some distance followed by DJ5MW / DL1IAO. The WRTC 2018 is still running for 8 hours. Call all Y8 stations!

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The contest has been running for some hours now and the competitors are wrestling each other for points. The bands are "very busy" and finding  a free frequency is exhausting. The fight for the top place is exciting, also for the spectators, they watch the score of the teams changes every minute on the score board. The table with the current score (scoreboard) can also be found on the Internet at www.WRTC2018.de.

We visited some of the teams about an hour before the start of the contest and the atmosphere was quite outstanding despite the understandable tension of the Contester. The talented volunteers had installed the station infrastructure in advance.  "Some drops of sweat flowed, but it was worth it, because we have a lot of fun - despite the strenuous work," said one of the helpers rather casually. "We have great volunteers, we've found a perfect site," remarks Mindis, LY4L.

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